Latest Mental health News

Mass shootings lead to widening divide on state gun policies

Jan. 28, 2023 11:17 AM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mass shootings have commanded public attention on a disturbingly frequent basis across the U.S. But rather than provoking a unified response from elected officials, each additional shooting seems to be widening the political divide on gun policy among states. ...

Judge: Colorado supermarket shooting suspect unfit for trial

Jan. 27, 2023 18:34 PM EST

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A man charged with killing 10 people at a Colorado supermarket nearly two years ago remains mentally incompetent to stand trial, a judge said Friday. Court proceedings against Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 23, have been paused for more than a year after Judge Ingrid...

Democratic response to SC State of the State address

Jan. 25, 2023 20:04 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Here is the text as prepared of South Carolina Sen. Ronnie Sabb of Greeleyville giving the Democratic response to Gov. Henry McMaster’s State of the State address Wednesday: Good evening. I’m Senator Ronnie Sabb from Greeleyville, South Carolina, where I...

Bogus commitment order prompts internal Alaska investigation

Jan. 25, 2023 19:37 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s statewide law enforcement agency is investigating after two troopers escorted one of the state's top school principals to a hospital for a mental health assessment based on a bogus court order, officials said. Mary Fulp, the principal at Colony...

Mississippi could expand mental health training for officers

Jan. 24, 2023 18:17 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi could expand training for law enforcement officers to respond to people who need mental health care, under a bill that's moving toward consideration in the state House. House Judiciary B Committee Chairman Nick Bain, a Republican from Corinth, on...

Mental health crisis center opens in Birmingham

Jan. 24, 2023 15:58 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Tuesday marked the opening of a new mental health crisis center in Birmingham, one of six such centers in the state intended to address a dire service shortage. The centers provide care to a person experiencing a mental health or...

San Diego County to pay $12M over beating and stun gun death

Jan. 20, 2023 20:35 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego County will pay $12 million to settle a lawsuit by the family of a man who died after he was beaten, shocked with a stun gun and hogtied by sheriff's deputies in 2015. The settlement approved by a judge this week ends a civil rights lawsuit filed on...

Gov. Scott presents $8.4B budget; his "most significant"

Jan. 20, 2023 17:46 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Republican Vermont Gov. Phil Scott proposed an $8.4 billion state budget to the Legislature on Friday, calling it the biggest, most significant and complex spending plan he has presented as governor — and crafted “to make the most of the historic resources available to...

Transgender woman drops suit against Ga. prison officials

Jan. 19, 2023 16:23 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Black transgender woman who sued Georgia prison officials over alleged mistreatment while in custody decided not to proceed to trial because she feared the experience would be harmful to her, her lawyers said Thursday. Ashley Diamond, 44, sued Georgia prison...

Wisconsin police: Body believed to be that of missing woman

Jan. 19, 2023 12:01 PM EST

TOMAH, Wis. (AP) — A woman's body found Wednesday in western Wisconsin is believed to be that of a woman who went missing after relatives last saw her in late December, police said. Monroe County Sheriff Wesley Revels said the body was found Wednesday morning in a rural area in the...